I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to sit down and chat with pro player Jamar Diggs. Diggs is a 9+ year vet that has traveled across the world playing the game he loves. In our chat we discussed a variety of topics like training, professionalism, the pandemic, and much more.
Be sure to listen in below as Diggs gives valuable tips on how to be a successful person on and off the court.
Jamar Diggs started his pro career in Germany for a team called Webmoebel Baskets. His team was located in Paderborn Germany which is near Frankfurt, Germany. What's really cool is that I had the opportunity to play my rookie year alongside Diggs in Germany. For those that don't know, both he and I are from Minneapolis, Minnesota and graduated the same year from high school. Digg's played for a powerhouse high school team in Minneapolis (De La Salle) and I played for a larger public school just outside of Minneapolis. Before we played professionally together we knew each other and a lot of the same basketball players in the state. Who would have thought years later we would be starting our professional journeys together?!
Jamar mentions in our chat about how he started D2 and then moved onto D1 basketball as his skilled progressed. He always knew that his work ethic and desire to get better would never stop, so he kept moving his personal goals higher and higher. Diggs exemplified what it meant to be a true student athlete in college where he excelled and he also to this day an incredible professional on and off the court. He credits a lot of this to his coaches and his family for reigning him the right way. From our talk i took away a new appreciation for his desire to be great and the sacrifices that hes put in during his basketball career.
The last thing we covered in our conversation was the pandemic that has taken over the world here recently. This virus has taken the world by storm and has halted businesses and professional sports everywhere. Diggs talks a lot about how he continues to train and stay ready even though his season is essentially cancelled. He is still on contract in France where his family is so he is waiting patiently to hear what the next steps are. One thing I know for sure is that he will be prepared and mentally ready when it comes time to get back to work!
Again I appreciate Jamar taking the time to chat with me and relive some of our incredible memories from our rookie year. Again be sure to check out the entire conversation for tips on training, professionalism, and how to be ready for your opportunity.
And like I always say make sure to train hard, train smart, and train with a purpose!
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